Dee Stanley, chief administrative officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government, on Tuesday formally announced his candidacy for city-parish president.
Stanley, who was hired in December 2003 by newly-elected City-Parish President Joey Durel, hopes to replace his boss, who cannot run again because of term limits.
The election is this fall, with the victor set to take office in January 2016.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, announced his candidacy for city-parish president in October. He cannot seek re-election to the state House of Representatives because of term limits.
Stanley, 55, and a Republican, has made it no secret that he would run for the city-parish president’s office, but made his formal announcement Tuesday afternoon via the social media website Facebook. It is his first time running for elected office.
Serving as CAO, the top appointed position in LCG, helped prepare him for “quick, executive-level decisions that must be made going into the future” and helped him understand the role of mayor of the city of Lafayette and president of Lafayette Parish, he said.
Calling the administration’s accomplishments a team effort that included the council and people of Lafayette Parish, Stanley cited several achievements that took place during his and Durel’s tenure, including building two natural gas-fired power plants without raising taxes; building the Lafayette Utilities System Fiber initiative; extending Louisiana Avenue, West Pont Des Mouton Road and Settlers Trace; widening Kaliste Saloom Road; adopting and implementing a comprehensive plan; and helping pass an 8-month sales tax for a new airport terminal.
“A capable leader must have the vision to help move our community not only through the daily challenges but also toward future opportunities,” Stanley wrote in his announcement. “We must build and maintain cohesive, positive relationships between our cities and towns and those leaders, as well as the emerging relationships being forged throughout the Acadiana region.
“If I am elected, I will have the in-depth understanding of concerns, issues and projects our communities and leaders face. There has not been a single area of our parish that I have not been to, worked hard with others there, and helped identify and accomplish their goals. It is what I do and have done.”
Growing up in New Orleans, the son of a broadcast journalist, Stanley was exposed to the the news media and politics, and earned a degree in broadcast journalism from LSU. He came to Lafayette in 1981 as a general assignment reporter for KLFY TV-10, where he was working before taking his current job. Stanley is married to Blue Rolfes, a KLFY news anchor.